Prayer is a deep subject and much has been written about it. A definition that I like is that prayer is a heart-to-heart communion with God. When I looked up communion in the Webster’s 1828 Dictionary, I found a whole lot of information. In short, it is a fellowship, a state of giving and receiving, agreement, concord.
As I examined my prayers, I found that I did more giving of my cares, concerns and requests than I did in receiving God’s message to me. Have you ever had a conversation with someone in which you never got a word in edgewise? You did the listening and they did the talking. That is not a heart-to-heart communion. Does that happen in our communion with God? I have heard that there is a reason why God gave us one mouth and two ears.
Jeremiah 10:1:” HEAR THE WORD WHICH THE LORD SPEAKS TO YOU, O HOUSE OF ISRAEL.” God repeatedly said this to Israel; the problem is they didn’t listen. In Jeremiah 25:4, God said that He sent His prophets, but they did not listen nor incline their ears to hear. Could that be said of us today? Mark 4:9:”AND HE SAID TO THEM, HE WHO HAS EARS TO HEAR, LET HIM HEAR!” God still speaks today. Do we listen?
God invites us to heart-to-heart communion with Him. I don’t think that He means for us to do all of the talking! I am going to use my mouth less and my ears more when I go into my quiet place. I want to wait for God to speak to my heart! God still uses prophets to proclaim His message. I believe He communicates through His written Word and through His people. I need to shut up more and listen more intentionally.
I am looking forward to a real heart-to-heart talk with my Lord! How about you?